…stays in Vegas. Unless, of course, you write a food blog, in which case it will then be posted to the Internet for all the world – well, at least one small, wonderful part of it – to see!
My business partner Jill and my client adventures took us to Las Vegas for a three-day trip that just so happened to fall at the beginning of Halloween weekend! While we returned to Chicago too early to see a real Halloween in Vegas, there were plenty of costumes and craziness to be seen – day or night!
We arrived on Thursday morning and checked into our hotel: Mandalay Bay.
We got a great deal on flight and hotel fare via Southwest. I highly recommend checking them out! Mandalay Bay was absolutely gorgeous and had it been warmer, we would have easily taken advantage of the awesome view from our hotel window.
Really wishing it wouldn’t have been so chilly while we were there!
The menu included a wide variety of burgers – everything from buffalo to turkey to veggie. The latter included lentils and pumpkin puree! It was tempting, but in the end the turkey burger won out.
It came on a whole wheat bun and was full of flavor – not at all dry. We also shared a trio of fries – regular, sweet potato and onion rings! Plus an Oktoberfest beer because…why not?
…and to Paris!
We didn’t make it to Italy, but we did find a boot.
I promise that we did not drink that whole thing – mainly because it was 100% sugar-laden and gave us a brain freeze every time we took a sip. But it was quintessential Vegas. 😉
We thought it only fair to stay true to the name and started out with an order of margaritas.
So. Good. Almost as fresh tasting as the fabulous order of guacamole up next on our list of must-trys.
We rounded out the meal by sharing an order of chicken fajitas, which came sizzling over a bed of veggies with black beans and rice on the side.
Both restaurant recommendations were AMAZING! It was a phenomenal day of food.
The next morning, we headed to Raffles Cafe in our hotel for breakfast. I chose the egg white omelette with chicken, tomato and spinach. It was served with hash browns on the side. Yum!
Fresh orange juice and whole wheat toast were also part of the morning menu.
The rest of the morning and early afternoon was spent doing work for our client. The day went by very quickly! Along the way, we spotted an opportunity for fro yo at Yogurt In & Crepes.
This place had everything I could have ever hoped for and the best part was, you could make your own! The flavor options were endless, but in the end I decided on cookies ‘n’ cream, pumpkin and peanut butter, with a sprinkling of dark chocolate chips on top.
The rest of the night took us on many adventures. We visited Japonais for delicious – and relatively cheap – sushi and cocktail specials during happy hour. Unfortunately, the lighting was very dim and the pictures didn’t turn out. But the bright hilarious side? You’ll never guess who we saw as we were finishing up…
Unfortunately (fortunately?), no photo. But it was by far the funniest moment of the evening.
We followed up our “celeb” spotting with a wonderful show: The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil! I’ve seen Cirque shows before – hello flashback post with crazy font colors – and knew it would be amazing, but the music really did take it to a whole new level. We truly enjoyed ourselves!
After the show, we walked The Strip one last time and saw every costume imaginable. A true Vegas experience, that’s for sure!
Let’s just say it was absolutely unlike anything this introvert has ever experienced – in a good way!
With a view like this, how can you go wrong?
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and it truly was an unforgettable trip. Plus, it was fun to dress up and wear the highest and pinkest pair of high heels I will ever own.
Even if Fergie walks a lot better in them than I do.
Whew! What a weekend! Work, play and spook-tacular fun. Happy Halloween!!
Have you been to Vegas? If so, what did you like? If not, what would you like to see?